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“Lady Bird's Legacy Lives On In This Beautiful Place”

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Ranked #17 of 337 things to do in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas, is dedicated to inspiring the conservation of native plants. Located a quick but quiet ten miles from downtown, we are a botanical garden open to the public year-round and have become a favored venue for everything from conservation-focused conventions to beautiful weddings. We carry out our mission to inspire the conservation and application of native plants through our gardens, campus, research, education and outreach programs. In doing so, we improve water quality, provide habitat for wildlife and enhance human health and happiness. Visit, learn and make a better world with us. The Wildflower Center was founded by Lady Bird Johnson and Helen Hayes in 1982 and became a part of The University of Texas at Austin in 2006.
Reviewed August 3, 2014

The center combines a great setting with beautifully staged and planted exhibits of native flowers and trees, with helpful and knowledgeable guides, and a shop that has better than usual gifts for friends or yourselves.

Thank Mark A
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Reviewed July 31, 2014

Recently went for the grand opening of the family section. Nicely laid out, but lots of puzzlers - the exercise equipment was all adult sized, nothing really for the kids to do near that area while the adults exercise except randomly climb adult-sized equipment. There are 4 single-seat unisex bathrooms, but only 2 have anywhere to change a diaper other than the floor (freestanding sink, no counter, no bench) - with 50+ diaper-aged kids onsite, availability was an issue. All of the bathrooms we tried were also in real need of cleaning. Finally, what kind of idiot intentionally plants a big grouping of a toxic plant (Datura - Jimson Weed) right by the pathway in an area intended for kids? I could excuse the chiltepin/bird peppers they also used, but Datura is just asking to have some kid get poisoned - little kids put EVERYTHING in their mouth. The water feature is fairly well laid out, nice raised walkway loop, the giant bird nests were neat, plantings looked attractive etc. It's a decent day trip if you like Texas plants.

Thank TomTX2000
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Reviewed July 24, 2014

What a wonderful place to visit. It is Austin's Botanical Gardens. Ladybird Johnson and actress Helen Hayes founded it. The grounds are beautiful, you cannot tell it's used as a researching native plants and landscaping. Nature trails and buildings are throughout the area. The Wildlife Center has displays of art for sale. Sculptures and a waterfall in one of the parks. It is good for the whole family.
It is closed on Monday's.

Thank NannaJordan
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Reviewed July 7, 2014

Even on a hot summer day, the Wildflower Center was a great way to spend a few hours in nature. I visited solo with my camera and a new lens, but there were plenty of families with kids and elderly parents as well as a few romantic couples on an afternoon date. One of the trails has these cute woodland "critters" sculptures that would make it fun for little ones on the walk. In addition to the educational and play aspects to the design, this is also a very peaceful place to visit. It was not crowded so I had a few trails to myself. Many of the trees had these beautiful wind chimes which had a natural, calming effect. I will definitely visit again in the fall and the spring when the different wildflowers are in bloom. Visitors will appreciate the diversity of the Texas landscape as it is presented here. This would be a great place for a wedding or engagement pictures, too.

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Reviewed July 5, 2014

Summer may not be the best month to visit the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, yet we still enjoy the design of the park. It comes with five different trails. The flowers were placed nicely and organized well. The family park has some small sculptures and a mini waterfall. Great place to be if you have young kids. They will enjoy the butterflies.

Thank Lisa C
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